A Padma Shri is always special, and “Pa [Amitabh] made it even more special by writing on his blog ‘we welcome the fifth in the family’,” said Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who brought the fifth Padma award to the Bachchan family in Delhi yesterday.
While basking in the glory, Ash seemed more humble than proud.
“It’s the first in the Rai family, and that makes me very happy,” said the actress. Holding on to hubby Abhishek’s arm in her signature style, she dedicated the award to her parents. “I am thankful to my parents first and then to anyone else. It is because of them that I am where I am today.” Abhishek added, “It is matter of an immense honour for the family. And the best part is, we both have our parents with us.”
Ash’s mother Vrinda Rai said affectionately of her high-achiever daughter, “She has been a blessing ever since she came into my lap.”
Amitabh described the award as “a moment of great pride” for the family. “It is a record for the country — five Padma awards in one family. God and the people of the country have been very kind to us.”